True, the morning got off to a good start. A lovely Mahonia stood at the edge of the car park. It racemes of golden flowers are fragranced with the honey-scent of nectar and, given a spell of warm weather a hardy bumble bee with wrap itself in its fur coat and pay a visit. But not today. Mahonias are tricky beasts. This particular shrub may be Mahonia japonica, from south-east Asia but is more likely to be a hybrid involving a species from north west U.S.A. such as Mahonia x media. They provide a range of shrubs in flower from September until the flowing June.
A lovely Mahonia welcomed visitors to the car park in Byfield.
9 December, 2018
Herb Bennet showing the gross distortions left by Cecidophyes nudus.
Byfield, 9 December, 2018
|Lilac Leaf Miner on privet. Byfield, 9 December, 2018|